The gardens at Fruitlawn have been created since 1997 when the acre and a half site with its two derelict farm buildings was purchased by Arthur Shackleton. The site was a neglected farmyard with no plant life or soil.One seedling Sycamore tree on the boundary was all there was! So soil had to be imported from the Portlaoise bypasswhich was being made at that time. Luckily Arthur is a garden designer!
The garden and buildings are enclosed in a Walled Garden space.The structure of the garden is typical of a Walled Garden with a formal layout of paths, hedges, a Hornbeam tunnel. Within this structure are large Perennial borders, mixed with shrubs and other plants. An orchard, an Oak copse, a small formal pool, and an extensive Fruit and Vegetable garden all add to the variety and interest of the garden.
The gardens are designed to look good and to be interesting all year round. The Perennial borders are left standing till late January for the visual effect as well as providing a good habitat and food for birds and insects in the winter months.
Many plants are allowed to selfseed within the formal structure giving a relaxed and approachable feel. Agapanthus, Alliums, Acquilegas, Campanulas, Geraniums, Oenotheras, Eryngiums and Forgetmenots are just a few.